45 People Killed In Bus Accident In Bulgaria


Sofia: At least 45 people have died in a bus crash as the vehicle caught fire in western Bulgaria early on Tuesday.

The incident happened on a motorway at about 02:00 local time (00:00 GMT) near the village of Bosnek, southwest of the capital Sofia.

The cause of the accident was unclear but the bus appeared to have hit a highway barrier either before or after it caught fire, Bulgarian officials said.

The bus was registered in North Macedonia and was mainly carrying tourists returning from Turkey.

Seven people escaped from the bus and were taken to hospital with burns.

Television footage showed the bus charred and gutted by fire in the middle of the highway, which was wet from the rain.

A Bulgarian interior ministry official said it was unclear if the bus had caught fire and then crashed or burst into flames after crashing.

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